Informing public health policy and practice in Australia

August 2019

NCETA will have a significant presence at the upcoming 2019 Australian Public Health Conference being held in Adelaide from 17-19 September. The overall theme of the conference acknowledges and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Public Health Association Australia (PHAA). The theme has been chosen to highlight and reflect on the many challenges and successes that public health has faced over the last 50 years.

As part of its contribution to the Conference, NCETA will present five papers from its research program across the following Conference sessions:

Older Australians:

Building on NCETA’s unique research around AOD use among older people, NCETA will present the following two papers:

  • Older Australians’ alcohol-related risk perceptions, harm, and knowledge of drinking guidelines – this paper examines the extent to which risky alcohol consumption aligns with perceptions of alcohol-related harm and estimates of low-risk drinking levels by presenting the findings from NCETA’s secondary analyses of the 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS)
  • Booze and Baby boomers: The new risk group – using the findings from NCETA’s secondary analyses of the 2016 NDSHS this paper examines patterns, predictors, and implications of risky alcohol consumption among older Australians over the past decade

Prevention, protection, promotion

Informed by Centre’s extensive and longstanding research on workplace AOD use, NCETA will present the following two papers:

  • Reductions in young workers’ risky drinking: the role of illicit drug displacement – this paper uses the findings from NCETA’s secondary analyses of 2007 and 2016 NDSHS data to explore changes in young workers’ alcohol consumption and identify if risky drinking has been displaced by increased illicit drug use
  • Alcohol and drug use among construction workers: Which drugs and which workers? – this paper presents the baseline findings from NCETA’s longitudinal controlled trial that evaluated a workplace alcohol and drug harm reduction program in the construction industry

Community interventions and contemporary health initiatives

  • Insights into the information needs of upper gastrointestinal (GI) cancer survivors and supporters – this paper provides insights into the experiences of cancer survivors and explores options for delivering timely and targeted information.